D. Warren crew 11.11.43 †

11/11/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 15oolbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was met on any part of the route. Nine tenths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/O Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
Sgt. Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 08:00

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active. Many enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF117 ??-?
might this actually be a typo is it actually EF217

F/O Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
Sgt. Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. P. Watson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 06:30

19/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000lbs, 1,000 lbs and incendiaries of 30 lbs and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Except for one vivid  red flash seen through the clouds, little results were observed. Heavy and medium A.A. Fire co-operating with Searchlights was encountered, but caused negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and a few combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The aircraft  captained be F/S R.Hunt met a J.U.88 which attacked his aircraft, the fire was returned and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft. Our aircraft was then attacked by a FW190, the first was returned but the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was poor, being ten-tenths cloud over the target, there was also a fog at base which necessitated the aircraft landing at BRADWELL BAY on return. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER.

Stirling Mk.III EF513 JN-E

F/O Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
Sgt. Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. P. Watson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 22:32
Flight Time 05:22

25/11/1943 – Mining in the Bay of Biscay
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs. which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, although the parachutes were not seen to open owing to bad visibility. No A.A.Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered There was 10/10ths cloud in the Mining Area. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/O Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
Sgt. Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 06:00

16/12/1943 – Mining in the Bay of Biscay
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, but the parachutes were not seen to open owing to 10/10ths cloud in the mining area. Navigation was very good. On return two aircraft landed at DOWNHAM MARKET.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/O Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
Sgt. Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 05:40

22/12/1943 – Attack against a Special Target
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Bombing was very concentrated and some large explosions were observed. Very little opposition was met and it proved negligible. It was clear over the target except for scattered cloud. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/O Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
Sgt. Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 23:55
Flight Time 02:45

 

21/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large bomb bursts and some fires being observed. Very little opposition was encountered and this proved to be negligible. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
Sgt. Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 20:55
Flight Time 02:25

25/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. One aircraft failed to take-off, & four brought their bombs back. The remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This operation did not appear to be very successful, the bombing being rather scattered, some large explosions were seen, however. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:05

27/01/1944 – Mining in the Heligoland Area
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area. An uneventful operation, little opposition was met, only slight A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft being seen. The weather was good, being clear except for sea haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF127 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 21:50
Flight Time 04:40

28/01/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs. Three aircraft returned early, two dropped their mines in alternative areas, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and one aircraft received slight damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. RENWICK, H. was slightly injured and the Flight Engineer Sgt. WATSON, W. was seriously injured. On return the aircraft crash-landed at COLTISHALL. The weather was variable with 5-10/10ths cloud, but fairly clear in the mining area. Severe icing was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK378 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 06:00

11/02/1944 – Mining in the River Ardour
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs. Only one aircraft (F/Lt. D. WARREN) out of the three aircraft detailed to drop their mines in the river, reported that they had done so, but the photograph taken at the time shows that the river at BOUCAN was the one mined. The other two aircraft found cloud over the area and brought their mines back.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 07:30

15/02/1944 – Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour
Six aircraft dropped mines of 1500 lbs in the mouth of the river Adour. The visibility was excellent and all crews reported a successful operation. Photographs taken show the aiming point in three cases, and the factory is covered in two more. Unfortunately the sixth aircraft did not carry a photo-flash bomb. The Bomb Development Unit have, however, got the evidence from which to calculate where the mines dropped.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 06:40
Flight Time 07:10

20/02/1944 – Mining off Morlaix
Two aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1,500 lbs in the channels leading to Morlaix. They both completed their tasks without incident.

Stirling Mk.III EF512 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 04:15

22/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1,500 lbs in Kiel Bay. After being airborne for one hour all of the aircraft were recalled owing to unsuitable weather conditions.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 dnc ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:40 – Landed 19:25
Flight Time 02:45

24/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed with a large force to lay mines of 1500 lbs in Kiel Bay, and fourteen returned after completing their mission successfully. One aircraft (Captain NZ42367 F/S. Bruhns H.) is missing, and no news was heard after take-off.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 07:25

05/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period PETER 24 (ABORTIVE)
Operation PETER 24 (Abortive).
On reaching the target area, no reception lights or letter was flashed, the aircraft made several circuits without any signs of reception. The weather was good with perfect visibility. On the return journey one package of leaflets was dropped in the Limoges area.

Mk. ??-? (0)

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

07/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 17 ABORTIVE)
Operation AUTHOR 17 (Abortive).
There was ten tenths cloud in the target area and no flashing letter was seen. On the return journey four packages of leaflets were dropped at Brive.

Stirling Mk.III ??-? (0)

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

10/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation MONGREL 20 (Successful).
   The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘G’ took off at 20.40 hours. The target area was reached at 00.15 hours and was identified. The reception lights were very good and twelve containers were dropped from 700′ at 00.20 hours. There was a cloud base of 2,000′ which cleared as the aircraft made final run up. Course was set for Base at 00.20 hrs, two packages of leaflets being dropped in the Chambery area. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.06 hours.

Stirling Mk.III ??-G

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:06
Flight Time 07:26

13/03/1944 – Mining off Brest
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for mine laying off St. Nazaire, Lorient, La Rochelle, and Brest. One aircraft (Captain NZ414567 F/Sgt. Rowberry T.) failed to return. Another aircraft (Captain NZ42999 P/O. C. Baker) returned early with aileron trouble and crashed at Castle Comb, without injury to the crew although the aircraft was burnt out. The remaining fourteen successfully laid their mines, one aircraft landing at Woodbridge on return.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:45

15/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 155 (ABORTIVE)
Operation BOB 155 (Abortive).
The target area was reached and identified and although visibility was good no reception lights were seen. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped at Dampierre-sur-Saone [=Salon].

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
F/S Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

18/03/1944 – Mining in the Heliogoland Bight
Seven aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Heligoland Bight. Six were successful, the seventh bringing his mines back as he arrived too late for the flares and was uncertain of his exact position. There was no fighter opposition, but A.A. Fire was encountered. Visibility was poor with much haze.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 04:25

19/03/1944 – Mining of River Adour
Four aircraft were detailed for mine laying off the mouth of the river Adour and two in the St. Jean-de-Luz area. All were successful with the exception of one which had to jettison owing to an engine catching fire.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:02 – Landed 03:27
Flight Time 08:25

18/04/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Seven Stirlings were detailed to lay mines in Kiel Bay, one was withdrawn and one failed to return (Captain NZ415820 F/O. H. Murray). The remaining five successfully completed their mission. On return they landed away.

Stirling Mk.III ND768 ??-F “Freddie”

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
P/O William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 06:10

24/04/1944 – Attack Against Karlsruhe
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Karlsruhe. One was withdrawn but the remainder carried out a successful attack with little opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:20

26/04/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Fifteen aircraft (Lancasters) were detailed to attack Essen. Two were withdrawn, but the remaining thirteen took part in a successful and very concentrated attack. The defences were considered to be moderate and all the aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Colin Arthur Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:20

27/04/1944 – Attack Against Friedrichshafen
Sixteen Lancasters were detailed to attack Friedrichshafen. Fourteen successfully carried out their mission, one aircraft bombed a decoy in error and another failed to return (Captain NZ42282 F/O. R. Herron).

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 07:20

10/05/1944 – Attack Against Courtrai
Twenty three aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Courtrai. A concentrated attack was made with very slight opposition. One aircraft (Captain NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond) was hit by A.A. Fire on the return journey and the Captain received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 ??-G

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert White, RNZAF NZ424538 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 03:10

11/05/1944 – Attack Against Louvain
Twenty-four aircraft, representing the largest number of Lancaster aircraft so far detailed by this Squadron, were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Louvain. Twenty-three aircraft successfully attacked in good weather. One aircraft (Captain NZ414591 A/F/L. S. Clark) claimed a JU 88 destroyed in combat over the North Sea. Another aircraft (Captain 151118 A/F/L. D. Warren) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND919 AA-D

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
F/S David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:56 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

 

ND919 exploded in flight and crashed at Castle Elderschans, about 1 mile West of Aardenburg, (Zeeland), Holland. The very brief circumstances suggest the fully armed aircraft probably came under attack by a night-fighter during the early stages of its outbound flight. There were no survivors. All seven crew were buried in Aardenburg General Cemetery.

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
Killed age 20.
Son of James William and Amelia Warren, of Chadwell Heath, Essex.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

F/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF 19819 – Navigator.
Killed age 23.
Son of The Revd. Joseph Irving and Marjorie Elfreda Irving, of St. Lambert, Chambly Co., Province of Quebec, Canada.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF 19996 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 24.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

F/S David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of Vina M. Clough, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1 584169 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 21.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of Henry and Mary Ellen Dewhurst, of Little Hoole, Lancashire.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.

F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1-7.